Intel announces NEW 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.
Built for the immersive internet, this new generation of processors leverages our long-standing performance leadership and adds unmatched new media capabilities.
Our 7th Gen Intel Core processors show advances across the board:
Faster and more responsive:
Intel’s engineering and manufacturing teams have drawn even more out of our 14nm process technology with what we call 14nm+. 7th Gen Intel Core delivers up to 12 percent faster productivity performance1 and up to 19 percent faster web performance2 over our previous generation from just a year ago.
7th Gen Intel Core processors are manufactured on silicon wafers at Intel production facilities. New 7th Gen Intel Core processors deliver richer experiences, incredible performance and responsiveness, and true ultra HD 4K entertainment in stunning new devices. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Access to premium 4K UHD content:
With new computers powered by 7th Gen Intel Core, TV and movie fans will have access to premium 4K UHD content streaming from studios like Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and providers like FandangoNOW. This is just the beginning as we see 4K UHD content go mainstream over time. We’re excited about some additional content announcements in the next few months, so stay tuned.
Opens a world of user-generated 4K UHD content:
People can now view the 4K UHD content being shared on sites like YouTube and watch for longer on 7th Gen Intel Core based systems. But they also have the power to create, edit and share their own 4K UHD and 360-degree clips up to 15 times faster3 than on a 5-year-old PC thanks to the work we’ve done under the hood with our new media engine.
Gaming on the go:
Gamers will see a threefold improvement in graphics4 compared to a 5-year-old PC, meaning you can play popular games like Overwatch™ anytime and anywhere on a thin, light laptop. And with Thunderbolt 3 support coming to more devices, gamers can use a single cord to plug in an external graphics dock and 4K UHD monitors for top-line gaming performance.
Powers the thinnest and lightest devices ever: Just compare what is available now to a 5-year-old PC, and it’s obvious how far we’ve come. Some of the new 7th Gen Intel Core PCs are thinner than a phone, with the full performance expected from a PC!
Nvidia’s GPUs Highly Suitable As A Coprocessor
Nvidia is the leading manufacturer of GPU(Graphics Processing Unit), a processor with multiple cores that is optimized for the compute-intensive functions involved in processing graphics. These computational capabilities make GPUs ideally suited for use as coprocessors in High Performance Computing environments. Over the last decade, in particular, the use of GPUs in this capacity has gained traction. This is because the nature of computations involved in deep-learning algorithms used in HPC and computer graphics are similar. It is worth noting that GPUs have a parallel architecture with hundreds of cores, making it highly suited for matrix and vector operations in both deep learning and 3D computer graphics. For example, Nvidia’s Tegra X1 GPU has 256 cores running its Cuda operating system for partioning and load balancing workloads. The Tegra X1 CPU, in contrast, has for ARM 64b cores, while the Tegra K1 GPU (designed for automotive applications) has 192 cores. At the summit, in this regard, is the Tesla P100 with 3584 CUDA cores and many Teraflops of performance.
Intel’s Xeon Phi Coprocessor And Its Recent Acquisitions Have Expanded Its Reach In The Coprocessor Market
In contrast to a GPU with thousands of cores that allows parallel computations, a single core processor can perform only serial computations, processing only one element at a time. Though Intel has multi-core processors that can allow for parallel computations, they cannot match up to the speed of GPUs. However, they are designed to be coprocessors and share a common code base and development tools with the main processor. In 2012, Intel launched its Xeon Phi processors, a series of massively parallel multicore processors, which expanded its offerings in the HPC market. And it updated this coprocessor family earlier this year. Additionally, Intel acquired Altera in 2015, gaining access to its FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology, further expanding Intel’s capabilities to address the coprocessor needs of computing in the future with the FPGA technology.
Furthermore, Intel recently announced the acquisition of the deep learning technology startup Nervana Systems, which according to Diane Bryant, has a fully-optimized software and hardware stack for deep learning and an advanced expertise in accelerating deep learning algorithms. This acquisition which can help Intel expand its capabilities in the field of AI (artificial intelligence) and compete directly with Nvidia. Sources report that Nervana has gained traction against Nvidia with its Cuda-compatible Neon software offering. The company is also developing a Deep Learning accelerator (i.e., coprocessor ) that is expected next year.
Read more here: www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2016/12/23/intel-to-duke-it-out-with-nvidia-in-the-coprocessor-market/#5fef1d2b6f7a
The AMD Ryzen has been spotted in a benchmarking site, which indicates that the CPU has a similar Instructions-per-Clock (IPC) with the i7-6900K of Intel and a 50 percent higher performance over its own FX 8370. Moreover, AMD is set to compete head-on with Intel's $1,000 dollars CPU, but with a more attractive price to entice consumers to make the switch to Ryzen.
The benchmark results of the AMD Ryzen CPU were leaked by the CPCHardware, a PC Magazine in France, which has been in operations since 2001. The very first benchmarking for the AMD Ryzen tested an early motherboard used in running older games like "Battlefield 4," "GRID:Autosport" and "Anno 2070.
The engineering sample of the AMD Ryzen has a clock speed of 3.15GHz, complemented with a boost/turbo clock speed of 3.3GHz on all the cores and a maxium turbo boost of 3.5GHz on a single CPU core. AMD promised for the retail version a base speed of 3.4GHz, which indicates an 8 percent performance boost if the boost/turbo clock speeds also get an equal increase, DSOG has learned.
It should be noted that the sample used is clocked at lower speed, explaining why the AMD Ryzen offers reduced performance in games when compared to the i5 CPU of Intel. More likely, the retail version will feature more increased performance and efficiency that could equal Intel's i7-6900K CPU and yield a 50 percent increase in performance over its own FX-8370 according to OC3D.Net.
Read more here: www.universityherald.com/articles/57158/20161226/amd-ryzen-benchmark-results-leaked-rivals-ipc-modern-intel-cpu.htm
As Microsoft writes:
This discussion relates to complementary augmented reality. An augmented reality experience can include both real world and computer-generated content. For example, head-mounted displays (HMDs) (e.g., HMD devices), such as optically see-through (OST) augmented reality glasses (e.g., OST displays), are capable of overlaying computer-generated spatially-registered content onto a real world scene. However, current optical designs and weight considerations can limit a field of view (FOV) of HMD devices to around a 40 degree angle, for example. In contrast, an overall human vision FOV can be close to a 180 degree angle in the real world. In some cases, the relatively limited FOV of current HMD devices can detract from a user’s sense of immersion in the augmented reality experience. The user’s sense of immersion can contribute to how realistic the augmented reality experience seems to the user. In the disclosed implementations complementary augmented reality concepts can be implemented to improve a sense of immersion of a user in an augmented reality scenario. Increasing the user’s sense of immersion can improve the overall enjoyment and success of the augmented reality experience.
Read more here: mspoweruser.com/microsoft-patents-holodeck-style-projection-room-patent/
Computer bugs or coding errors are a common phenomenon in the tech world as almost all software being developed have bugs. Any software which has a bug since the start of its lifecycle and is discovered later is called a zero-day. Every day we hear such zero-days being discovered making it easy for hackers to hack into the system or your PC. Though such bugs cost big money, there are many such instances that such software errors have caused losses in millions of dollars. Today we bring to you 10 such famous and interesting bugs from the tech world
Read more about them here: www.techworm.net/2016/12/top-10-famous-computer-bugs-cost-millions-dollars.html
Micron Technology Inc. shares jumped the most in five years after the largest U.S. maker of memory chips predicted sales that exceeded some analysts’ estimates as demand for phone and computer parts is beginning to outstrip supplies.
Micron and other memory-chip makers are benefiting from their restraint. While not flooded by an increase in orders for personal computer and mobile phone parts, they’ve limited their spending on new production facilities, balancing supply and demand and keeping prices stable.
In the current quarter, revenue will be as much as $4.7 billion, Micron said after the close of regular trading Wednesday, outpacing the average analyst forecast of $4.1 billion. Profit, excluding certain items, will be 58 cents to 68 cents a share, the Boise, Idaho-based company said, well ahead of analysts’ average prediction of 46 cents.
The shares surged as much as 14 percent to $23.49 Thursday, the biggest intraday gain since December 2011. They were trading at $23.46 at 10:22 a.m. in New York.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Durcan said Micron sees new areas of demand for memory chips, such as automotive and storage in data centers, continuing to drive increasing orders. Unlike in the past, when the market was split among more than 10 suppliers, the remaining three major providers of memory are less likely to suddenly increase spending on production in search of market share, he said in an interview. Micron, which has grown through a string of acquisitions, is making progress at integrating those acquired facilities into its network of factories and is improving production and profitability, he said.
Read more here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-21/micron-forecasts-helped-by-rising-product-prices-shares-rise
A growing and troubling problem in our society the “computer posture” as kids that pays negative dividends as we become adults. Often in our clinics, we are confronted with the Millennial population with aches and loss of function of their neck, mid back or low back, more often a result of a combination of a combination of postural dysfunctions such as:
Neck pain as a result of the neck muscles becoming tight. Specifically, we see:
• Scalene Muscle tightness, causing pain with rotation of the neck, such as driving.
• Anterior Pectoralis Muscle tightness, causing pain to the front of the chest.
• Suboccipital Muscle Tightness, causing limits with looking down and headaches.
We also see degenerative wear and tear over time. Specifically we see:
• Degenerative disc disease, causing more compression on the nerves, increasing pain.
• Space narrowing of the spine, adding additional compression to nerves.
• Degenerative joint disease of the areas of the spine that articulate, making it painful with most movements.
What a master clinician physical therapist does is combine three components of care — education, engagement and empowerment:
Read more here: www.montgomerynews.com/news/regional/avoid-pain-from-computer-posture/article_71d3aaff-dc10-57e5-b472-6baf75059c02.html
New research suggests that an elaborate cybercrime ring is responsible for stealing between $3 million and $5 million worth of revenue from online publishers and video advertising networks each day. Experts say the scam relies on a vast network of cloaked Internet addresses, rented data centers, phony Web sites and fake users made to look like real people watching short ad segments online.
Online advertising fraud is a $7 billion a year problem, according to AdWeek. Much of this fraud comes from hacked computers and servers that are infected with malicious software which forces the computers to participate in ad fraud. Malware-based ad fraud networks are cheap to acquire and to run, but they’re also notoriously unstable and unreliable because they are constantly being discovered and cleaned up by anti-malware companies.
Now researchers say they’ve uncovered a new class of ad robot or “bot” fraud that was designed from the ground up to keep its nose clean — running not on infected hosts but instead distributed across a vast, rented network of dedicated Web servers and computers.
According to White Ops, a digital advertising security company based in New York City, those rented computers are connected to a network of more than 570,000 Internet addresses apparently leased or hijacked from various sources.
White Ops dubbed the video ad fraud network “Methbot,” and says the individuals at the helm of this network are spending upwards of $200,000 a month just maintaining a fully automated fraud network that imitates real Web site publishers showing real viewers video-based advertisements.
Read more here: krebsonsecurity.com/2016/12/report-3-5m-in-ad-fraud-daily-from-methbot/
As the days grow shorter and twinkly lights pop up on houses lining the block, one thing is clear: the holidays are here! ‘Tis the season for family outings and gift exchanges, which means spending hours at the mall, searching for perfect presents for loved ones (or sometimes, ourselves!). Cybercriminals also love this time of year, but not for the parties and peppermint mochas.
Today, mall Wi-Fi is almost a guarantee, with much of the public depending on their mobile phone for everything from coupons to paying for items. With all of this connecting, the holidays are becoming an especially vulnerable time for shoppers. As hard as it is to resist logging on to a free network to avoid a day’s worth of data charges, it’s possible that the “free” network you’re logging onto isn’t so free after all. Hackers often set up fake networks to lure shoppers, and monitor the hotspots for account numbers and other personal information that they eventually grab and use for their benefit. While you’re staying cautious about the connections you make, it’s also important to be aware of the retail apps you download to your phone.
During a long day of shopping, there is one pit stop that I always make: coffee. Many popular coffee shops offer rewards programs through dedicated apps, but whether you’re loyal to Starbucks or more of a Dunkin’ Donuts fan, it’s important to be cautious about the apps that you’re downloading on your mobile device. Cybercriminals have begun to repackage popular mobile apps, such as the Starbucks app, into versions that are almost identical, but with small lines of malicious code hidden in them. It’s tough to identify these repackaged apps from the ones that you trust, but fall for their trickery and hackers could be stealing your information after infiltrating your mobile device.
So, what are the best ways to avoid falling victim to a mobile hack during the holidays?
Read more here: securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/consumer/mobile-security/risky-holiday-wifi/